Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken Bites

These sweet and spicy bacon chicken bites will give you all the salty spice you want, mixed with the sweetness of caramelized brown sugar, all in one delicious bite. Your friends will be begging you to share the recipe!

No longer will you have to wonder what to bring to your next social with friends or co-workers.  If you love bite-sized apps that pack lots of flavor, you can’t go wrong with any of these: Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites, Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Bites, and Jalapeno Poppers with Bacon. 

Chicken bites stacked on top of each other on a white plate.

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken Bites

Sweet and spicy bacon chicken bites are my new favorite appetizer to share when entertaining.  The weather is warming up, and like me, many of you are getting ready to host your family and friends. I am certain this will be your new go-to bite to keep the crowds happy while you finish preparing the main course.  Everyone will be so impressed with your skills. But really, how can you go wrong with anything wrapped in bacon? Yum!

The recipe is quick and is made with simple ingredients that most of us already have on hand. The flavors of the spices are perfectly balanced. The chili powder gives it a great kick while the brown sugar’s sweetness leaves you wanting more and more.  Then, you add the saltiness of the bacon and you have the perfect combo of flavors. I know you and your guests will love this as much as me and mine do!

Bacon Chicken Bite Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts: Cut into even sized squares
  • Bacon: Choose a thinner cut of bacon so that it will cook through
  • Brown Sugar: The richness of the brown sugar holds up to the spice from the other seasonings
  • Chili Powder: Adjust the amount of chili powder to suit your spice preference
  • Paprika: Adds color and spice
  • Garlic Powder: You can’t go wrong with garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper: A staple in any good recipe
  • Sliced Green Onions: Sprinkle over the top of your finished chicken for extra flavor and color

How to Make Bacon Chicken Bites:

There are many ways to personalize your Bacon Chicken Bites. I choose to do mine Sweet with a little bit of Spice.

You’ll notice that I roll the Bacon Wrapped Chicken in two different bowls instead of having all spices mixed into one. I do this because rolling them in the brown sugar after being rolled with the spicier and savory spices lets the sugar caramelize the Bacon and Chicken as a whole while it cooks.

  1. Preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying with cooking spray. Cut bacon in halves or thirds depending on how thick your chicken is. Wrap each piece of chicken in the bacon.
  3. Coat the chicken.  In a small bowl add the chili powder, paprika, and garlic powder. In another small bowl add the brown sugar. Roll the bacon wrapped chicken first in the spices and then in the brown sugar. Place on prepared baking sheet.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and remaining brown sugar (if any)
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the bacon is crisp.

Chicken bites stacked on a top of each other.

Easy Dipping Sauces to Try:

While these are perfect and delicious served without a dipping sauce, there is no harm in adding a little pizzazz to your dish. Specially when serving this dish at a get together you know there will always be people who love a good dip.

Try these Dipping Sauces that I have come to love:

 

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken Bites

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 18 Servings

Description

Delicious chicken sweet and spicy chicken bites wrapped in bacon are sure to be a hit!


Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon chicken bites, chicken bites

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 6-8 slices of bacon
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • optional garnish: sliced green onions.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying with cooking spray. Cut bacon in halves to thirds depending on how thick your chicken is. Wrap each piece of chicken in the bacon.

  2. In a small bowl add the chili powder, paprika, and garlic powder. In another small bowl add the brown sugar. Roll the bacon wrapped chicken first in the spices and then in the brown sugar. Place on prepared baking sheet.

  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and remaining brown sugar (if any) and bake for 35-40 minutes until the bacon is crisp.

Recipe Notes

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Original Post on November 10, 2014


Nutrition Facts

Serves: 18

Calories110kcal (6%)Carbohydrates9g (3%)Protein9g (18%)Fat4g (6%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Cholesterol29mg (10%)Sodium102mg (4%)Potassium177mg (5%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar9g (10%)Vitamin A198IU (4%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium11mg (1%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. How do you keep the bacon from falling off the chicken when you wrap them? Especially when you toss them in the seasoning afterwards. Thanks 🙂

  2. It doesn’t appear that you officially rated this recipe!! ; ) I am making these to take to a party tomorrow and am thankful for your share!!

  3. Amazing! 5 stars. I only used 1/2 the sugar and was glad. This is the recipe by which I will judge all other bacon wrapped chicken recipes.

  4. Oh, these were sooo good. Even my husband liked them( he doesn’t always want to try something different). I cooked mine on the Traeger on a mesh mat, so they weren’t sitting in the grease. OMG.

  5. This looks so amazing, but I’m cooking for someone doing keto…do you have any recommendation for a substitute for brown sugar that will be just as tasty? I would love to make these. Thanks 🙂

    1. I have not been on the Keto diet yet. I like to use skinnytaste.com or myfitnesspal.com for any questions regarding nutrition. Hope you can find what you are looking for. Thanks for following along with me!

  6. Totally delicious like Alllllll your recipes ! 😀 the store was sold out of chili powder so i used ancho chili powder still delicious ! I rolled the chicken in the spice first then wrapped it in bacon and did the brown sugar last it was awesome! Your my favorite i use ALLLLL your recipes ! Thank you 😊

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